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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 59.95
Liaison Tim Albertson
Submission Date Dec. 14, 2017
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STARS v2.1

North Seattle College
OP-21: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Tim Albertson
Sustainability Coordinator
Student Development Services
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Does the institution have strategies in place to safely dispose of all hazardous, special (e.g. coal ash), universal, and non-regulated chemical waste and seek to minimize the presence of these materials on campus?:
Yes

A brief description of steps taken to reduce hazardous, special (e.g. coal ash), universal, and non-regulated chemical waste:

There are both a Hazard Communication Plan and a Chemical Hygiene Plan in place that ensure our policies and actions at NSCC comply with Federal, State, and Local Hazardous material handling regulations.


A brief description of how the institution safely disposes of hazardous, universal, and non-regulated chemical waste:

As a state institution, we are obligated to remove hazardous waste in compliance with OSHA and state standards, which are applied differently depending on which type of hazardous or non-regulated chemical waste is in question.


A brief description of any significant hazardous material release incidents during the previous three years, including volume, impact and response/remediation:

N/A


A brief description of any inventory system employed by the institution to facilitate the reuse or redistribution of laboratory chemicals:

We keep a complete inventory of chemicals used throughout the various labs on campus, and any unused items that are not waste products will be reused throughout future labs.


Does the institution have or participate in a program to responsibly recycle, reuse, and/or refurbish electronic waste generated by the institution?:
Yes

Does the institution have or participate in a program to responsibly recycle, reuse, and/or refurbish electronic waste generated by students?:
Yes

A brief description of the electronic waste recycling program(s), including information about how electronic waste generated by the institution and/or students is recycled:

All college/state owned computers are recycled by the IT Department through InterConnection, a 501(c)3 local non-profit that refurbishes and ships computers and laptops worldwide. Additionally, small donation boxes are located on campus that also go to InterConnection for recycling and reuse. Additionally, electronic recycling is promoted during Earth week, and throughout winter and Fall quarter. The college recycles non-working computer monitors and TV’s via Total Reclaim. The college also recycles usable computers, printers, equipment and furniture through State of Washington Surplus.


Is the institution’s electronic waste recycler certified under the e-Stewards and/or Responsible Recycling (R2) standards?:
Yes

Electronic waste recycled or otherwise diverted from the landfill or incinerator during the most recent year for which data is available during the previous three years:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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